Wish List: Metro Homeless Youth

Metro Homeless Youth Wish List

Thousands of Minnesota youth do not have a safe place to sleep on any given night. LSS offers a wide range of holistic programs and services designed to help young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness regain stability while developing new skills to become self-sufficient.

In the Twin Cities, LSS offers several transitional living options for youth ages 16 to 24 who are ready to establish and maintain an independent household. In many cases, they start out with few or no belongings.

With your generosity, youth can begin rebuilding their lives in the security and comfort of a home. We welcome and appreciate donations of all sizes, from individual items to all the items needed to furnish one or more rooms.

Kitchen items needed:

  1. Pots and pans
  2. Dish sets
  3. Sets of glasses (not coffee mugs)
  4. Sets of silverware
  5. Can openers
  6. Cooking utensils, including spatulas, wooden spoons, slotted spoons and measuring cups
  7. Knife sets and cutting boards
  8. Dish racks and dish wands
  9. Kitchen towels, dish cloths and sponges
  10. Pot holders and oven mitts
  11. Plastic food storage container sets
  12. Colander and mixing bowls
  13. Baking sheets
  14. Cookbooks
  15. Microwaves
  16. Small appliances, including toasters and rice cookers

Bathroom items needed:

  • Plastic or fabric shower curtains with hooks
  • Non-slip bath mats
  • Bath towels
  • Toilet brushes with holders
  • Plungers
  • Toothbrush holders
  • Soap dishes
  • Shower caddies

Linens needed:

  • Sheet sets and mattress pads; twin, full and queen sizes
  • Bed pillows
  • Bed blankets
  • Comforters; twin, full and queen sizes
  • Throw blankets

Cleaning supplies needed:

  • Bleach, laundry detergent and dryer sheets
  • Garbage cans and bags, both kitchen and bathroom sizes
  • Brooms and dustpans, mops and buckets, sponges
  • Dust rags and furniture polish
  • Household cleaners -- non-toxic and natural
  • Air fresheners and odor eliminating sprays
  • Aluminum foil, plastic storage bags, plastic wrap
  • Paper towels, napkins, facial tissue and toilet paper

Household items needed:

  • Bus cards and bus tokens
  • Gift cards to grocery and retail stores such as Cub Foods and/or Target
  • Irons and ironing boards
  • Alarm clocks
  • Window fans
  • Hangers
  • Calendars and daily planners, pocket size
  • Standing and table lamps
  • Doormats and kitchen rugs
  • Batteries, all sizes
  • Duffel bags, suitcases, large backpacks
  • Air mattresses; all sizes

Personal hygiene supplies needed:

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body soap
  • Hand soap
  • Face wash
  • Tampons and pads
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Body lotion, face lotion and cocoa butter
  • Deodorant
  • Tweezers and nail clippers
  • Hairspray, hair grease, gel, African American haircare products
  • Hairbrushes, boar bristle brushes, combs, hair binders, hair clips
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • First aid kits, bandages, anti-biotic ointment
  • Acne medications
  • Contact lens solution and cases
  • Over the counter cold and pain relief medicines

Baby supplies needed:

  • Diapers, all sizes
  • Baby wipes
  • Infant formula
  • Bottles and sippy cups
  • Infant hygiene supplies, including baby wash and baby lotion

Clothing needed:

  • Socks for both young men and young women
  • Cotton bikini underwear for young women, all adult sizes
  • Boxers or boxer briefs for young men, all adult sizes
  • Bras, sizes 34B-40D
  • Tank tops and t-shirts for young women, sizes S-XXL
  • White tank tops and t-shirts for young men, sizes M-XXL
  • Thermal underwear for women, sizes M-XXL, and men, sizes S-XXL
  • Flip-flop sandals
  • Winter wear, including hats, gloves, scarves, winter jackets and winter boots

Note: We are currently only able to accept new, unused and unopened items. Hygiene supplies must not be travel size.

Other needed items:

In addition to the household needs listed above, the following items can be offered as rewards to inspire and incentivize youth:

  • Gift cards to local retail stores, such as Target, Cub Foods, Marshalls, Barnes & Noble, Foot Locker, IKEA and Dollar Tree
  • Theater, sports, movie theater or concert tickets
  • Vacuums -- new or gently used
  • TVs, DVD players and stereos -- new or gently used
  • Bicycles -- new or gently used
  • Computers -- new or gently used

Where to Give

Thank you for giving youth the gift of a safe, stable home. To donate, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for Metro Homeless Youth Services.

Please click here to learn about the many ways LSS supports Minnesota’s youth. To contribute to this important work, please give here.


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